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LITA’s tenth year of Top Tech Trends July 12 was likely its best attended ever–thanks to free wi-fi in the room, live streaming video from Shanachies, and a live blog to aggregate tweets from attendees (real an

Chatting with Tracy Kidder

To my way of thinking, Tracy Kidder is a famous author—who’s not famous enough. I haven’t read all his books (and I do intend to), but House remains for me the right book at the right time. In 1985, this true story of the construction of a home in Massachusetts hit me just as I had beome a homeowner, and Kidder’s descriptions of the evolution of the design, the negotiations with builders, the groundbreaking, and the roof-raising really hit home, so to speak. But what really got to me was that it was all focused on the human aspirations and struggles behind the project.

Freedom to Read Foundation Celebrates 40 Years and the Life of Judith Krug

Some 525 librarians and library supporters—a virtual who’s who of librarianship—spent yesterday evening in the new wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, entralled by its splendor and by the speakers who gathered to help the Freedom to Read Foundation celebrate its 40th anniversary and pay tribute to its founder, Judith Krug, who died April 11.

When Graphic Novels Get Too Graphic

Comic books have finally won their long battle for legitimacy, affirmed Charles Brownstein, opening a  program on censorship and graphic novels sponsored by ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee.

How libraries can work with the media

Sunday morning’s PR Forum featured a panel of five experts who offered tips and tactics that will help libraries get their stories told through both new and traditional media. The program was sponsored by the PR Assembly of the ALA Public Awareness, supported by ALA Public Information Office staff.

Cokie Roberts Examines Changing–and Unchanging–Roles of Women

Cokie Roberts discussed the writing and updating of her book We Are Our Mother’s Daughters, and her research into the roles of women throughout American history for it, before a crowd of about 700 at the PLA President’s Program.

“I, of course, use libraries all the time in doing research on these history books,” Roberts said. “It is amazing how much info is there and how helpful people are in getting it out.”

In the book, Roberts said, “I ask what is a woman’s place. It’s every place, because we’re needed every place.”

Data Power through Data Linking

“From Legacy Data to Linked Data: Preparing Libraries for Web 3.0,” drew enough of an audience that some had to listen from the hallway.

Data objects and agents already have identifiers, explained Diane Hillmann of the Information Institute of Syracuse and Metadata Management Associates. In linked data, however, relationships between data also have identifiers. That way, “The relationships can be identified and explained and given context,” she said.

When Graphic Novels Get Too Graphic

Comic books have finally won their long battle for legitimacy, affirmed Charles Brownstein, opening a  program on censorship and graphic novels sponsored by ALA's Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Freedom to Read Foundation Celebrates 40 Years and the Life of Judith Krug

Some 525 librarians and library supporters---a virtual who's who of librarianship---spent yesterday evening in the new wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, entralled by its splendor and by the speakers who gathered to help the Freedom to Read Foundation celebrate its 40th anniversary and pay tribute to its founder, Judith Krug, who died April 11.

Cokie Roberts Examines Changing--and Unchanging--Roles of Women

Cokie Roberts discussed the writing and updating of her book We Are Our Mother's Daughters, and her research into the roles of women throughout American history for it, before a crowd of about 700 at the PLA President's Program. "I, of course, use libraries all the time in doing research on these history books," Roberts said. "It is amazing how much info is there and how helpful people are in getting it out.” In the book, Roberts said, "I ask what is a woman's place.

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